Does God exist? An introduction to the existence of God.
By William J. Brown
Let's deal with the subject, Does God exists?
I approach this study with a deal of fear and hesitancy.
Because, for one thing, I've tried not to use the word "I" in these early Bible study lessons to downplay my roll in them. The focus should be on you, the student. You are why we at Bible-Student-Online.org have put so much time and care into these studies.
But I had to change this lesson around a bit because of its delicate nature. I want everyone, no matter who it is to understand where I'm coming from here.
But before I say it I want to establish an important fact...
The Bible is most important to me in my quest to know God better! That should go without saying concerning any believer. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.
But I believe that is the case with you. So hear me out regarding what I'm about to say.
In answering the question, Does God exist, we must establish a startling fact...
The Bible isn't all we know about the existence of God. It wasn't even the first revelation of the existence of God.
Explanation? There should be one. Here it is...
Logic, although quite limited, helps us first. If the Bible is the only revelation of God's existence, what did people do before the Bible was written?
Hmmm...that's a tough one.
The fact is, God had already revealed Himself to man in the Garden of Eden, thousands of years before Job or Moses ever picked up a pen to write!
Adam didn't have to ask, Does God exists? God was already there.
Now, before you declare me a heretic, let me explain an even more startling fact...
The Bible actually explains all this to us in the New Testament!
Romans 1:20-21 says...
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Here we see two things that answer the question, does God exist...
The first fact is that God has revealed Himself through His Creation. Verse 20 states that "even his eternal power and Godhead" are revealed in Creation itself. These are "the invisible things of him."
We can't look around and see this world with all its wonderful sites, sounds and senses without wondering, "Who created all this?"
Two-hundred years ago or so, a popular idea weaseled its way into the minds of church-going folk. That idea (or maybe ideology would be a better word for it) took European, English and then American intellectuals by storm.
The basic idea was that the Creator God set in motion His handiwork, then, as a clockmaker, allowed everything to run on its own. This view held God had a "hands-off" policy regarding creation.
Throughout the Bible there is proof this isn't correct. We won't deal with the subject here, today. I will say that there is some redeeming quality to the "clockmaker" illustration, though.
God in some ways is like a clockmaker in that He has created everything perfectly.
Genesis 1 says over and over that God declared about creation that "it is good." Things run like clockwork.
But let's consider the clockmaker further. A good clockmaker doesn't just let his clocks run without some kind of attention paid at times. He may clean them inside and out. He makes sure they keep perfect time. If he finds something wrong, he fixes it.
This is what a clockmaker does, and God works much the same way. And it is obvious through His creation that He has had a hand in it.
A clock needs a clockmaker.
Creation needs a Creator.
This is what the Bible tells us is true.
But, regarding the question, "Does God exist?" let's think this a little further.
Adam, the first man, had an intimate knowledge of God. The Bible says God took walks with Him. That's a pretty good indication that Adam knew God pretty well!
But from Scripture we find that somewhere in between Adam and Noah something happened...
...man stopped making God an intimate part of his life.
By the time Noah came around there were only eight people on the earth worth saving. Only that many took God seriously enough to obey Him.
The rest "glorified him not as God." This brings us to our second way of answering does God exist...
We bear within ourselves the "image" of God (Genesis 1:26,27.) The Bible is clear about that. We don't know the full extent of what that means, but we bear some kind of resemblence to God that can be "sensed" by us.
To return to Romans 1, notice these ones who denied God, did so even though "they knew God." Their very existence verified the fact that they were products of a higher intelligence. That intelligence is God.
Human beings have not changed. They still reject God in their consciences. But they know, deep down, that what they have is more than just a product of chance. They aren't just a glob of chemicals fortunate enough to make it to a human level. They are products of a brilliant Mind.
The clockmaker has created His masterpiece.
To put it another way, creation and conscience combine as the "left jab" and "right uppercut" of God's existence.
But as the verse says, "they glorified him not as God," even though they "were without excuse."
So God added a third undeniably clear revelation...
...the Best, most explicit of the three.
Have you guessed what it is?
That's right! It's God's Word, the Bible.
And so this three-fold proof of the existence of God shows us that He exists. He has given us all three as overwhelming proof that He is, so that we never have to ask, Does God exist.